The Bachelor of Arts in Worship Music degree equips students to skillfully plan, prepare, and lead excellent worship services that are Christ-centered, biblically and theologically grounded, historically informed, and reflective of the cultural and generational diversity of the church body. The program hones musical skills that are most common to contemporary evangelical corporate worship today and prepares graduates to meet the changing needs and conditions they will find throughout their lifetime of service to the local church.
- Students will be able to describe the biblical profile of a qualified ministry leader, and will have demonstrated progress toward that goal in their personal maturation, relationships, leadership responsibilities, and studies.
- Students will be able to interact in a relationship-based ministry which models and empowers discipleship, service to the local church, and stewardship of musical talents.
- Students will be skilled musicians on multiple instruments, demonstrating basic guitar or keyboard, vocal, and technical proficiency.
- Students will possess aural and written music skills necessary for creating and communicating music with lay musicians with various gifts.
- Students will learn to communicate theologically and musically in culturally and generationally diverse ways with excellence, employing a theology of worship that is thoughtfully formulated and grounded in biblical and aesthetic integrity.
- Students will skillfully plan, rehearse, and lead Christ-centered, historically informed, and biblical worship services using contemporary technology and instruments.
The worship music major requires 17 hours of music, 13 hours of music ensembles and private lessons, 15 hours of Bible and ministry courses, and 16 hours of worship studies, for a total of 61 credit hours. Up to 15 hours of the major may also fulfill general education requirements.
|MUT 101||Elements of Music||3|
|MUT 121||Music Theory in Contemporary Practice||3|
|Comparative Arts May be used to fulfill a general education requirement.|
|Survey of Music History and Literature (May be used to fulfill a general education requirement.)|
|MUH 211||Survey of World Music May be used to fulfill a general education requirement.||3|
|MUH 221||American Popular Music||3|
|MUT 225||Songwriting and Arranging||2|
|MUZ 220||Contemporary Worship Ensemble ((2 semesters))||2|
|Concert Choir (4 semesters)||4|
|Private Music Lessons||7|
|Private Lessons: Guitar (1/semester)|
|Private Lessons: Piano (1/semester)|
|Private Lessons: Voice (1/semester)|
Bible and Ministry
|BI 290||Interpreting and Teaching the Bible||3|
|BRS 305||Theology I: The God of the Gospel||3|
|BRS 306||Theology II: The Gospel of God||3|
|CM 172||Introduction to Ministry||3|
|CM 260||Introduction to Intercultural Ministry||3|
|American Church History May be used to fulfill a general education requirement.|
or BRS 340X
|History of Christianity|
|WOR 111||Introduction to Worship Studies||1|
|WOR 121||Introduction to Technology in Worship||2|
|MUW 335||Musicianship for Worship||3|
|WOR 437X||Music in Worship||3|
|WOR 438||Worship Planning||3|
|WOR 499||Senior Seminar in Worship Studies||1|
Earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity College requires 120 credit hours. In addition to the general education and major requirements, students will have the opportunity to take elective courses according to the student's interest, in consultation with their academic advisor and/or the worship music program chair. Recommended courses include:
- Additional courses in Bible and ministry
- Courses in leadership and management
- Courses in the humanities: poetry, literature, history, philosophy
- Special topics courses in worship music as available